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US8050652: Method and device for an internet radio capable of obtaining playlist content from a content server

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Inventor(s) Safi Qureshey · Daniel D. Sheppard ·
Assignee(s) Horsham Enterprises, LLC ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Withrow & Terranova, PLLC ·
Primary Examiner Pablo Tran ·
Application Number US11563232
Filing date 11/27/2006
Issue date 11/01/2011
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 03/17/2022
Patent term adjustment 1374
U.S. Classifications 455/344  · 709/217  · 455/414.1  · 455/414.3  · 455/557  · 709/219  · 725/39  · 725/45  · 455/556.1  ·
International Classifications G06F1516  · H04N5445  · H05K1100  ·
Kind CodeB2
Related U.S. Application DataRELATED APPLICATIONS
The present application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/805,470, filed Mar. 12, 2001, which is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/096,703, filed Jun. 12, 1998, now abandoned, and which claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/246,842, filed Nov. 8, 2000. U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/096,703 also claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/072,127, filed Jan. 22, 1998. The disclosures of these previous applications are hereby incorporated by reference in their entireties.
64 Claims, 50 Drawings


Abstract

A network-enabled audio device that provides a display device that allows the user to select playlists of music much like a jukebox is disclosed. The user can compose playlists from disk files, CD's, Internet streaming audio broadcasts, online music sites, and other audio sources. The user can also select a desired Web broadcast from a list of available Web broadcasts. In addition, the user can play standard audio CD's and MP3 encoded CD's and have access to local AM/FM stations. Further, the software, the user controls, and the display in the network-enabled audio device are operably configured and connected such that the user can listen to playlists that include CD's and other audio sources just as the user would choose a playlist in a jukebox. The user accesses a server site via a PC and the Internet. From the server site, the user obtains a list of the devices in his or her Internet Personal Audio Network (IPAN) and what songs are on those devices. The IPAN includes an IPAN server, an IPAN client, and IPAN software stored on the network-enabled audio device. Thus, the network-enabled audio device provides people who are or are not comfortable with computers a way of taking music from various sources and putting it into one place for listening pleasure. In one embodiment, the Personal Computer (PC) is used to compose the playlists, but the user is able to listen to playlists and other audio sources without using the PC.

Independent Claims | See all claims (64)

  1. 1. An electronic device comprising: a) a network interface enabling the electronic device to receive an Internet radio broadcast and being further adapted to communicatively couple the electronic device to a central system; b) a system enabling playback of audio content from a playlist assigned to the electronic device via the central system; and c) a control system associated with the network interface and the system enabling playback of the audio content indicated by the playlist, and adapted to: i) enable a user of the electronic device to select a desired mode of operation from a plurality of modes of operation comprising an Internet radio mode of operation and a playlist mode of operation; ii) receive and play the Internet radio broadcast when the desired mode of operation is the Internet radio mode of operation; and iii) when the desired mode of operation is the playlist mode of operation: receive the playlist assigned to the electronic device from the central system, the playlist identifying a plurality of songs, wherein ones of the plurality of songs are not stored on the electronic device; receive information from the central system enabling the electronic device to obtain the ones of the plurality of songs from at least one remote source; obtain the ones of the plurality of songs from the at least one remote source; and play the audio content indicated by the playlist.
  2. 21. An electronic device comprising: a) a network interface enabling the electronic device to receive an Internet radio broadcast and being further adapted to communicatively couple the electronic device to a central system; b) a system enabling playback of audio content from a plurality of additional content sources comprising a playlist assigned to the electronic device via the central system; and c) a control system associated with the network interface and the system enabling playback of the audio content from the plurality of additional content sources, and adapted to: i) enable a user of the electronic device to select a desired mode of operation from a plurality of modes of operation comprising an Internet radio mode of operation and a plurality of additional modes of operation each corresponding to one of the plurality of additional content sources; ii) receive and play the Internet radio broadcast when the desired mode of operation is the Internet radio mode of operation; and iii) play the audio content from one of the plurality of additional content sources when the desired mode of operation is a corresponding one of the plurality of additional modes of operation, where when in a playlist mode of operation, the control system is further adapted to: receive the playlist assigned to the electronic device from the central system, the playlist identifying a plurality of songs, wherein ones of the plurality of songs are not stored on the electronic device; receive information from the central system enabling the electronic device to obtain the ones of the plurality of songs from at least one remote source; obtain the ones of the plurality of songs from the at least one remote source; and play the audio content indicated by the playlist.
  3. 42. A method of operation for an electronic device comprising: a) enabling a user of the electronic device to select a desired mode of operation from a plurality of modes of operation comprising an Internet radio mode of operation and a playlist mode of operation; b) playing an Internet radio broadcast when the desired mode of operation is the Internet radio mode of operation; and c) when the desired mode of operation is the playlist mode of operation: i) receiving a playlist assigned to the electronic device via a central system, the playlist identifying a plurality of songs, wherein ones of the plurality of songs are not stored on the electronic device; ii) receiving information from the central system enabling the electronic device to obtain the ones of the plurality of songs from at least one remote source; iii) obtaining the ones of the plurality of songs from the at least one remote source; and iv) playing audio content indicated by the playlist.
  4. 63. An electronic device comprising: a) a wireless transceiver communicatively coupling the electronic device to a base station, the wireless transceiver enabling the electronic device to receive an Internet radio broadcast and communicate with a central system; b) a system enabling playback of audio content indicated by a playlist assigned to the electronic device via the central system; c) a control system associated with the wireless transceiver and the system enabling playback of the audio content indicated by the playlist and adapted to: i) enable a user of the electronic device to select a desired mode of operation from a plurality of modes of operation comprising an Internet radio mode of operation and a playlist mode of operation; ii) receive and play the Internet radio broadcast when the desired mode of operation is the Internet radio mode of operation; and iii) when the desired mode of operation is the playlist mode of operation: receive the playlist assigned to the electronic device from the central system, the playlist identifying a plurality of songs, wherein ones of the plurality of songs are not stored on the electronic device; receive information from the central system enabling the electronic device to obtain the ones of the plurality of songs from at least one remote source; obtain the ones of the plurality of songs from the at least one remote source; and play the audio content indicated by the playlist.

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